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Dogs at the Perimeter

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Dogs at the Perimeter begins one winter, when Janie, a researcher in Montreal, suddenly leaves her husband and young son. She retreats to the home of her friend and mentor, the neurologist Hiroji Matsui, who has mysteriously disappeared. Their friendship, and the world Janie begins to reclaim in the wake of Hiroji's disappearance, are at the heart of Madeleine Thien's eagerly anticipated second novel.

Thirty years earlier, in 1975, Janie is a child in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge take control of the country, the fallen city of Phnom Penh is emptied. Together with her parents and her younger brother, Sopham, she is forced into the countryside. In the terror that follows, when to remember one's own past becomes a crime against the revolution, her father, a translator, is taken away, and gradually her mother weakens. Survival depends on escape, and ultimately Janie and Sopham must undertake a treacherous journey through the flooded caves at the border, across the sea, and toward a new existence.

Now, as she moves among Hiroji's belongings, Janie salvages fragments of his past and, slowly, her own. Needing to find a truth she can be reconciled with, to make amends, she follows Hiroji's story to Southeast Asia where she believes he has gone in search of his brother James, a Red Cross doctor who went missing in Cambodia many years earlier, and whose own story comes vividly, powerfully to life.

Dogs at the Perimeter is a beautifully realized and deeply affecting novel about the multiple lives we carry within ourselves. Spare and haunting, intimate and profound, it is an unblinking portrait of loss and recovered humanity that confirms Madeleine Thien as one of the most exciting young novelists in Canada.


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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
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ISBN: 1-84708-490-7 / 978-1-84708-490-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter: A Novel
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
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February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
Author(s): Madeleine Thien
ISBN: 1-84708-491-5 / 978-1-84708-491-0 (UK edition)
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
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ISBN: 0-7710-8409-9 / 978-0-7710-8409-6 (Canada edition)
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter: A Novel
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
Author(s): Madeleine Thien
Publisher: Granta Books
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Title: Dogs at the Perimeter
Author(s): Madeleine Thien
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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